Adobe Edge discontinued, merged into Animate, Dreamweaver
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Published on December 8, 2015
Adobe is discontinuing the Adobe Edge applications. These apps were released three years ago as Adobe looked to create animation and web design tools that supported HTML5 but were different from their existing Flash and Dreamweaver tools. Adobe Edge animate was released for creating HTML5 animation, while Edge Reflow was available as a tool for creating responsive websites. At a time when HTML5 and CSS3 have been fully embraced across all web browsers, it might appear odd that Adobe is discontinuing these apps. While the Edge products are being discontinued, Adobe has indicated that they plan to make the same functionality from the Edge applications available in different programs. American Graphics Institute will be updating Adobe CC Creative Cloud classes and individual Dreamweaver courses and Adobe Flash (Animate) classes once Adobe rolls-out these changes. The changes that are coming to these apps are described below.
Adobe Edge Animate becomes Adobe Animate
Adobe Edge Animate will be retired and most of its capabilities will be integrated into the product currently known as Flash. But along with this change, Adobe Flash will be renamed Adobe Animate as they refocus on the core animation capabilities along with more recently added HTML5 export functions from Flash. In an effort to overcome the poor reputation of the Flash name due to security flaws in the Flash-plug in, Adobe is renaming the product in hopes that they can extend its life. The renamed Adobe Animate will still export to the Flash file format, but Adobe is hopeful that interactive designers will use it to create HTML5 animations and web advertisements.
Adobe Edge Reflow merged into Dreamweaver and Adobe Muse
Adobe is also discontinuing Adobe Reflow which made it possible for designers to create responsive web designs that changed based upon the size of the screen on which they are viewed. Such designs respond to the available screen size, enabling the designer to decide which elements and navigational choices should be available when viewed on a phone, tablet, or desktop device. Adobe plans to integrate the responsive design capabilities into Dreamweaver as well as Adobe Muse. Adobe will continue to offer these two web design applications. Muse is focused more on the needs of designing a modern website and Dreamweaver provides more under-the-hood options for working with and managing code used on websites.
Adobe Inspect becomes Adobe Device Preview
The final member of the Adobe Edge family that is being discontinued is Adobe Edge Inspect. This app helped to make certain web content worked predictably across different devices such as phones and tablets. The Adobe Edge inspect functionality will be added into Dreamweaver and also Photoshop using Device Preview capability.
A final item being integrated into other Adobe apps is Adobe Brackets, an open source code editor. The functionality from Adobe Brackets will find its way into Dreamweaver as well.
With all these changes Adobe is going all-in with their original web design tools. While Flash gets renamed in an attempt to remove the baggage associated with the security flaws from the Flash file format, Adobe hopes that enough designers will still consider these tools for web design going forward so that they remain relevant.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the creator and editor of the Digital Classroom book series. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, and Microsoft. He delivers workshops relating to digital marketing, web analytics, SEO, and SEM. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.